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GIS Day at FSU
November 25, 2017
GIS - geographic information systems -
at Institut für Geographie, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena

Organisation: Lehrstuhl für Geoinformatik

Short presentations, poster exhibits, info booths; including lecture by BGC scientist M. Mahecha

Venue: Rosensäle, Großer Sitzungssaal + Seminarraum, Fürstengraben 27

FSU Webseite


Workshop Thermodynamics and Optimality in Earth Systems
November 21, 2017
In a two-day workshop Earth system scientists will meet to discuss about thermodynamics of our planet with a focus on energy flows of the biosphere and hydrosphere.

Workshop "The European Mass Balance of Wood"
October 10, 2017
From October 10 to 12, 2017 the iDiV workshop "The European Mass Balance of Wood" will take place at the MPI for Biogeochemistry, organized by Prof. Detlef Schulze. Experts from 14 different European nations will try to resolve the apparent negative mass balance of timber in Europe. The forest scientists will discuss uncertainties of harvest, wood use, bioenergy, imports, and exports. On Tuesday October 10 there will be presentations by each nation, on Wednesday the situation in different regions of Europe will be discussed aiming at a final synthesis.

Course: Radiocarbon in the Earth System
September 24, 2017
This course will expose participants to the uses of radiocarbon in ecology and earth system science. Classroom activities provide an overview of radiocarbon in the current and past global carbon cycle as well as in the atmosphere, oceans and terrestrial ecosystems. Hands-on activities focus on creating a tracer-free lab environment and avoiding contamination in the field and lab, collecting samples in the field, choosing standards and blanks, processing and analyzing samples in the laboratory, and analyzing and interpreting radiocarbon data.

This class is the result of a collaborative effort between the W.M. Keck Carbon Cycle Accelerator Mass Spectrometer facility at the University of California, Irvine, and the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry in Jena, Germany.

Carlos A. Sierra, Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry
Susan E. Trumbore, Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry

For questions, please send an email to

Informationen zum Kurs

IMPRS-gBGC core course: Terrestrial Biosphere
August 21, 2017
This course will focus on processes important in biosphere-atmosphere exchange of greenhouse gases as well as methods used to scale these exchange processes to understand their importance in global biogeochemical cycles. The emphasis will be on plants since soils are covered in a separate course. If you are an doctoral researcher with limited background knowledge in biology and ecology, this is the right course for you.


BGC scientists (co-)organize ICDC10 sessions
August 21, 2017
10th International Carbon Dioxide Conference, 21-25 August 2017 Interlaken, Switzerland

Tuesday, August 22
10:00-11:30 SOCOM Meeting
Organisation: Christian Roedenbeck

Thursday, August 24
18:15-22:00 TransCom Meeting
Organisation: Christian Roedenbeck

ICDC 10 meeting

New Phytologist Symposium on Trait Covariation
June 27, 2017

Webseite zum Symposium

Symposium on global trends in tree mortality
June 21, 2017
The symposium "Crossing scales and disciplines to identify global trends in tree mortality as indicator of forest health" will take place from June 21st to 23rd, 2017 at Schloss Herrenhausen in Hannover.

The symposium is supported by the Volkswagen-Stiftung.

Dr. Henrik Hartmann
Phone: +49.3641.576294

TRuSTEE First Training School on Ecosystem Ecology
June 20, 2017
TRuStEE aims to capacitate the next generation of scientists to understand and deal with the increasing pressure of environmental change on ecosystem functioning and land-atmosphere interactions. Specifically, TRuStEE will train a new generation of scientists with complementary and interdisciplinary skills in ecosystem modelling, plant physiology, remote sensing technologies and big data analysis.

Informationen zu TRuSTEE

Workshop on Environmental Informatic Challenges
June 19, 2017
The current availability of huge databases offers unprecedented opportunities for analyzing and understanding our environment. We are able now to answer questions of great importance for the future of our planet. However, this new possibilities come together with new challenges to solve. At this point, computer science techniques like machine learning algorithms become really valuable. The interdisciplinarity between geosciences and computer sciences needs then for a mutual understanding and comprehension. The overall aim of this workshop is to bring together and stimulate discussions among researchers from various disciplines when dealing with geosciences topics with the help of computer sciences techniques.

Venue: Dornburger Castles
Co-Convener:Miguel Mahecha,Markus Reichstein

Veranstaltungen der Abteilung Biogeochemische Integration

Subsom Mixed Models Workshop
June 13, 2017
Within the Subcom Project PhD researchers will get to know each other and learn about mixed models, isotopic data, basic R regression, and plotting.

Link zur Workshop Webseite

FLUXNET Workshop 2017
June 7, 2017
The Fluxnet Workshop 2017 will take place at David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, California, USA from June 7-9, 2017.

Main topics are:
-Foster interactions, data sharing and collaborations among the Fluxnet community
-Describe the attributes and opportunities of the new Fluxnet database
-Discuss status and progress of the regional networks
-Discuss and plan for synthesis of the new and expanded dataset
-Discuss directions of science and future of Flux network science

Markus Reichstein, Director at MPI for Biogeochemistry, belongs to the organizing committee.

Webseite Fluxnet Workshop

ESRP Meeting
June 1, 2017
The Earth System Research Partnership (ESRP) pools research excellence across disciplines to understand how the Earth functions as a complex system and to improve the predictability of the effects of human actions.

Over the last century, marked changes in climate, air quality, biodiversity, and water availability occurred. More and potentially more rapid changes are predicted. To find solutions to the challenges these changes pose, the ESRP studies the complex interactions and feedbacks of land, ocean, atmosphere, biosphere, and humans in the field, the lab and through modeling.

The 2017 meeting will take place in Jena.

Webseite ESRP

Symposium: "The Northern Hemispheric Carbon Sink - Facts and Fiction"
May 29, 2017
The scientific symposium will will bring together experts to discuss questions including
What do we know about the magnitude, trend, underlying processes, and potential future behaviour of the Northern Hemispheric Carbon Sink?
Where do we still have knowledge gaps and what can we do to close them?

The symposium is a closed event.


New Advances in Land Carbon Cycle Modeling
May 19, 2017
Mini-symposium and short training course

Who should attend?
Modelers who want to gain simplicity in coding, diagnostic capability, and computational efficiency for your carbon cycle models Students, post-docs and young scientists who want to learn carbon cycle modeling with CLM

What are you going to learn?
New theory on land carbon storage dynamics
Matrix representations of land carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus cycles
A unified diagnostic system for full understanding of uncertainty sources
Carbon cycle data assimilation system for both flux- and pool-based data
Semi-analytic spin-up for computational efficiency

Who are going to teach?
Anders Ahlström, Stanford University, USA
Yizhao Chen, NFU, China
Philippe Ciais, LSCE, France
Zhenggang Du, Northern Arizona University, USA
Yuanyuan Huang, LSCE, France
Debbie Huntzinger, Northern Arizona University, USA
Lifen Jiang, Northern Arizona University, USA
Charlie Koven, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA
David Lawrence, National Center for Atmosphere Research, USA
Hank Leoscher, NEON, USA
Chris Lu, Northern Arizona University, USA
Yiqi Luo, Northern Arizona University, USA
Markus Müller, MPI-BGC, Germany
Kiona Ogle, Northern Arizona University, USA
Jim Randerson, UC Irvine, USA
Zheng Shi, University of Oklahoma, USA
Carlos Sierra, MPI-BGC, Germany
Yingping Wang, CSIRO, Australia
Jianyang Xia, ECNU, China
Sha Zhou, Columbia University, USA

Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ 86011, USA

Weitere Informationen zum Kurs

FLUXCOM workshop
May 16, 2017
The FLUXCOM initiative ( has produced a large ensemble of (new) FLUXNET derived global products of carbon and energy fluxes. As these data products are opening up for the scientific community, we organized an international workshop to bring together the „producers” and the potential „users“ of the data products. So far, scientists and researchers from more than 10 countries have confirmed their participation in the workshop

The workshop will focus on the potential applications related to model evaluation, informing inversion approaches, corroborating with new remote sensing data streams, synthesizing budgets, solving puzzles, etc. As we hope to have a lot of good discussions for putting together ideas, all sessions will be organized as plenary with no break-out groups.

Venue: Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena, Germany
Organizer: Martin Jung

Workshop webseite

BGC scientists (co-)organize EGU 2017 sessions
April 23, 2017
Programme Group AS3 – Atmospheric Chemistry and Aerosols

Remote-Sensing of Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide and Methane
Co-Convener: Dietrich Feist

Programme Group IE3 - Big Data in the Geosciences

Information extraction from satellite Earth observations using data-driven methods (co-organized)
Co-Convener: Miguel Mahecha

Programme Group IE4 – Communicating and Mitigating Natural Risks

IE 4.4/CL2.30
Representing climate risk to non-scientists (co-organized)
Co-Convener: Markus Reichstein

Programme Group BG1 - General Biogeosciences

Application of stable isotopes in Biogeosciences (co-organized by the European Association of Geochemistry (EAG)
Co-Convener: Gerd Gleixner

Climate extremes, biosphere and society: impacts and feedbacks (co-organized)
Convener: Markus Reichstein | Co-Convener: Dorothea Frank

Programme Group BG2 – Terrestrial Biogeosciences

Advances in process understanding, modelling and predictions of soil biogeochemical cycles
Co-Convener: Carlos Sierra

Carbon allocation in plants and ecosystems: mechanisms, responses and biogeochemical implications
Co-Convener: Henrik Hartmann

Plant traits and biogeochemical cycles
Convener: Jens Kattge | Co-Convener: Markus Reichstein, Sönke Zaehle

Programme Group BG4 – Earth System Biogeosciences

Biogeochemistry and ecohydrology of arid, semi-arid and drought subjected ecosystems (co-organized)
Co-Convener: Thomas Behrendt

Programme Group BG9 – Co-organized sessions

Carbon-nutrient cycle interactions in soil (co-organized)
Convener: Thomas Wutzler | Co-Conveners: M. Schrumpf , Ingo Schöning

Information extraction from satellite Earth observations using data-driven methods (co-organized)
Co-Conveners: Miguel Mahecha

Ocean biogeochemistry: novel approaches and synthesis (co-organized)
Co-Conveners: Jošt Valentin Lavric

Programme Group HS1 – General Hydrology

Hydroclimatology: joint synthesis of hydro-eco-meteorological data (co-organized)
Convener: Maik Renner | Co-Conveners: Sujan Koirala

Droughts under climate change: principles, observations and modeling
Co-Conveners: Axel Kleidon

EGU 2017

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